25 July 2012

Local spas in the awards spotlight

The 8th Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Awards were held recently, in recognition of the local spa industry.

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa The Umngazi Spa, Wild Coast

We believe that what our Umngazi Spa offers is a truly unique spa experience. It’s located on the top of a Wild Coast hillside, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Our guests experience Pondo hospitality at its best, from the smiles on our team members’ faces to the view of dolphins playing in the surf, the sound of bird life and the ocean and world-class treatments. - Michele Walker, general manager/spa, Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

The annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards were held earlier this month at the Montecasino Ballroom. They were hosted by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa in Association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris.

The 2012 Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards consisted of 5 major categories as well as Spa Recognition Awards.

Life Day Spa in Rosebank took top honours in the Day Spa category. Runners-up were Spa de la Veille in Centurion, Shambala Wellness Centre Spa in Port Elizabeth, and Danika Spa in Klerksdorp (Gauteng).

The Boutique Hotel Spa Award went to Fourdoun Spa in KwaZulu-Natal, known for its novel approach to health and wellness. Suntra Spa at 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town and Sanctuary Spa at Majeka House in Stellenbosch were the runners-up.

In the Hotel/Spa category the Soulstice Day Spa at Silverstar Casino won the award and the runner-up was The Spa at the Twelve Apostles (recently singled out in the international Travel + Leisure Magazine Awards for excellence). The Camelot Spa at Peermont Monduzur in San Lameer, and the Mount Grace Country House and Spa also received recognition for excellence in this category.

The delightful Etali Safari Lodge in Madikwe won the top accolade in the Safari Spas section, followed by Duma Manzi Boutique Eco-Lodge and Spa.

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa on the Wild Coast won the Unique Spa Concept category. Umngazi is known for its exceptional spa facilities and wonderful wellness options.

Michele Walker general manager/spa at Umngazi was thrilled with the outcome of this year's awards. 'We believe that what our Umngazi Spa offers is a truly unique spa experience. It's located on the top of a Wild Coast hillside, overlooking the Indian ocean. Our guests experience Pondo hospitality at its best - from the smiles on our team members' faces to the view of dolphins playing in the surf, the sound of bird life and the ocean and world-class treatments. We are hugely proud of  and all the hard work that has gone into this fantastic achievement.'